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Business Studies A Level at Harris Academy Purley

Course description

The structure of the new A Level course has now changed, as the ‘AS’ course, is a standalone qualification.

This exciting new course is delivered in a way which allows students to study Business Studies in a holistic way.  Students will be introduced to ‘Business’ by using key business models, theories and techniques to support the analysis of contemporary business issues and situations.  The content of the course is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society which include key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics, and globalisation.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Course content

This is a two year course, which will cover ten topic areas in total. Topics 1-6 from the AS list, as well as:

Year 1:

[1] What is Business?

[2] Managers, leadership and decision making

[3] Decision making to improve marketing performance

[4] Decision making to improve operational performance

[5] Decision making to improve financial performance

[6] Decision making to improve human resource performance.

Year 2:

[7] Analysing the strategic position of a Business

[8] Choosing strategic direction

[9] Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

[10] Managing strategic change

Entry requirements

Students require grade 5 or above in English Language GCSE and Maths GCSE.  Successful completion of Business GCSE or a related course with a grade 6 or above is desirable. Students who have only achieved a grade 5 in Maths GCSE will be expected to follow the Level 3 Core Maths programme.


Exam Board: AQA

Students sit examinations in their A Level courses at the end of Year 13. All students will take internal end of year examinations at the end of year 12 to determine suitability to continue with the subject in Year 13. Students who do not meet the required pass grade in the Year 12 end of year examinations will not be permitted to progress into Year 13.

100% exam- three papers

Paper 1: This is a 2 hour exam with a total of 100 marks worth 33.3% of the A Level.  All ten topics are examined over three sections: Section A 15 multiple choice questions, Section B Short answer questions, Section C Two essay questions.

Paper 2: This is a 2 hour exam with a total of 100 marks worth 33.3% of the A Level.  The exam includes three data response questions.  All ten topics are examined.

Paper 3: This is a 2 hour exam with a total of 100 marks worth 33.3% of the A Level.  The exam includes case studies and extended question responses. All ten topics are examined.

Note: For the A Level certificate to be awarded, students have to successfully complete all three exams.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Purley directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2017
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